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Black Rock Station - visitor center for the Black Rock Desert

By June 22, 2012

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Black Rock Station in Gerlach, Nevada, NV
Black Rock Station, in Gerlach, is the visitor contact center for the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area north of Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White.

Black Rock Station visitor contact center is open through November for the 2012 season. This is a must stop place in Gerlach for everyone visiting the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area* north of Reno. This goes for first-time visitors and seasoned desert rats alike. Knowing current conditions and learning about how to deal with being in an extremely remote and dry location are literally vital to your survival.

Black Rock Station is staffed by Bureau of Land Management personnel and includes interpretive panels, maps, and safety information, as well as information on many of the cultural and natural resources in the area such as wildlife, plants, wilderness, and recreational opportunities. The facility is open over the weekends from Thursdays through Mondays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

"The Black Rock Desert is a remote and primitive area," said Cory Roegner, assistant field manager. "The Station is an important stopping off place for visitors to get information that will help them understand and enjoy the area, as well as to become aware of important safety and survival tips."

An excellent source for lots of information about the Black Rock Desert NCA is Friends of Black Rock High Rock. Check out this site before venturing into the remote reaches north of Gerlach. You can get a look at some of the area from my Black Rock Desert pictures taken at a past Black Rock Rendezvous event (sponsored in part by Friends of Black Rock High Rock).

*The unwieldy name is frequently shortened to either "The Black Rock" or "The NCA." People in these parts will know what you're talking about.

Source: Nevada Bureau of Land Management.

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